Monday, 31 December 2012

January Reading List

In a bid to make 2013 a year of being a little more organised I've decided to set myself a reading list for each month of the year. I suffer really badly with not being able to choose a book to read and end up dilly dallying for so long I've spent days deliberating rather than actually getting on and reading. Hopefully my new system will get rid of my indecisiveness so my January reading list consists of:



Teeth - Hannah Moskowitz // Splintered - A.G. Howard // Broken - A.E. Rought




Just One Day - Gayle Forman // The Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth LaBan 
The Madman's Daughter - Megan Shepherd // The Prey - Andrew Fukuda

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My choices are quite a varied bunch; a mix of debuts and non-debuts, contemporary and paranormal so it should keep things interesting! What books are on your reading list for January?

Sunday, 30 December 2012

January 2013 Releases

So as I'm sure we've all got just a little bit of Christmas money left over to spend on books I thought I'd share a few of my top picks from the huge list of books that are due to release in January 2013. All of these can be pre-ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository or, I'm sure, your local book shop, of course!

For each book I've listed the earliest release date I could find, regardless of country, as with nifty websites like The Book Depository it's just as easy to order in from abroad as it is to order from within the UK. All debuts are marked with a * for anybody looking for inspiration for the Debut Author Challenge 2013.



The Dead and Buried - Kim Harrington (January 1st) // Teeth - Hannah Moskowitz (January 1st)
*Splintered - A.G. Howard (January 1st) // Falling For You - Lisa Schroeder (January 1st)




Catherine - April Lindner (January 2nd) // *Broken - A.E. Rought (January 8th)
What We Saw At Night - Jacquelyn Mitchard (January 8th) // *The Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth LaBan (January 8th)




Anatomy of a Single Girl - Daria Snadowsky (January 8th) // Just One Day - Gayle Forman (January 8th)
*Level 2 - Lenore Appelhans (January 15th) // *Uses for Boys - Erica Lorraine Scheidt (January 15th)




Shades of Earth - Beth Revis (January 15th) // Nobody - Jennifer Lynn Barnes (January 22nd)
Boundless - Cynthia Hand (January 22nd) // *Nobody But Us - Kristin Halbrook (January 29th)



*The Madman's Daughter - Megan Shepherd (January 29th) // The Prey - Andrew Fukuda (January 31st)

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Are you particularly excited about any of these releases? Which books are you most looking forward to in January? I can't wait for Teeth, The Madman's Daughter or The Prey!

Saturday, 29 December 2012

2012 Thank Yous


2012 has been a funny old year. It’s flown by at the speed of light and, honestly, I feel like I wasted most of it. I can’t really recall any major personal accomplishments this year and I definitely haven’t done half of the things I wanted to.

I did start freelancing this year, which I’m proud of and I made some good progress with my TEFL course. My writing, however, completely suffered and my novel is in a fairly similar state to how it was this time last year, which is horrendous to admit and needs to be rectified ASAP.

I want to thank all of my lovely blogger and writer friends – you make up such a wonderful community that I’m so happy to be a part of. I’ve made some genuinely fantastic friends throughout my three years (and counting) as a blogger and I definitely wouldn’t have the motivation to keep blogging if it wasn’t for you all.

As always, I’m so grateful to every publisher who thinks to send me press releases and books to review. I still get the same buzz now as I did when I was first starting out whenever I receive a review copy and it continues to surprise me that people think my little corner of the Internet is good enough for all of the brilliant books I get sent.

I’ve more than halved the amount of review books I accept now and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. I’m so excited to delve into my 2013 selections and let you all know my thoughts. 2012 didn’t particularly blow me away as far as bookish years go but there are approximately a trillion 2013 releases I’m seriously looking forward to!

And finally, thank you to every single person who’s clicked onto Writing from the Tub in the last year. I know this year hasn’t been my best in terms of content but I’m feeling refreshed and full of new ideas and a slightly new direction for 2013 so I hope you’ll all stick around and carry on reading.

So a big ole thank you goes to all of you – you keep me motivated and smiling and generally happy and feeling fuzzy so THANK YOU folks, you’re the best.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Christmas Book Haul

Like I'm sure all of you did, I put a few books on my Christmas list this year. I didn't have too many on my wishlist, though, as I've been terrible for spending my pennies on this year's new releases but there were a few I was desperate for.

I was lucky enough to receive almost every book on my wishlist for Christmas, so I'm a very happy blogger indeed! Huge thank you to my family and boyfriend for buying me these absolute beauties:



The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life - Tara Altebrando
52 Reasons to Hate My Father - Jessica Brody
A Midsummer's Nightmare - Kody Keplinger




Ditched: A Love Story - Robin Mellom
The List - Siobhan Vivian
From What I Remember - Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas



Jamrach's Menagerie - Carol Birch
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

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I think I'm going to start with 52 Reasons to Hate My Father first! What bookish gifts did you guys get for Christmas? Do link me to any Christmas gift posts in the comments as I'd love to have a nose!

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas Everybody!

It's finally here, Christmas 2012! 

Have a lovely day everybody - hope you enjoy spending time with your friends and family, eat lots of food, drink lots of booze and open lots of presents.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Monday, 24 December 2012

UKYA Secret Santa!

So the very lovely Lynsey at Narratively Speaking organised a Secret Santa between UK YA book bloggers this year. I signed up to take part in the festivities and really enjoyed putting together my package. I received my box in the post last week and had so much fun opening up all the gifts inside. My Secret Santa was RIDICULOUSLY generous and I have to admit I do know who it is, as they had to leave a return name and address on the package, heehee.

I was so lucky to be gifted three amazing books from my wishlist and a fourth that I've been meaning to read for so long but actually forgot to put on my list. On top of this I also got a gorgeous hairband and bracelet set - just goes to show how well my Secret Santa clearly knows me :).

So, here's what I got:


Everything was wrapped so nicely and I'm so grateful that my Secret Santa took the time to choose such lovely gifts for me. I cannot wait to read all of the books and my bracelet and hairband are so me, so they'll definitely be making an appearance as we head into Spring.

I'd also like to say another big thank you to Lynsey for organising this as I'm sure it wasn't easy! I had great fun sending and receiving my box so I'll definitely be signing up next year.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas: Seven Authors I Read for the First Time in 2012


So in the lead up to Christmas I'm running my annual Twelve Days of Christmas feature, where I post about my favourite books, covers and characters of 2012, as well as books I can't wait for in 2013. In today's post I'm going to be talking about seven authors I read for the first time in 2012.

Philippa Gregory



Kody Keplinger



Stephanie Perkins



Diana Hendry



Emma Donoghue



Nick Lake



Michelle Hodkin



How about you guys? Which authors did you read for the first time in 2012?

Monday, 17 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Eight Most Surprising Reads of 2012

So in the lead up to Christmas I'm running my annual Twelve Days of Christmas feature, where I post about my favourite books, covers and characters of 2012, as well as books I can't wait for in 2013. In today's post I'm going to be talking about eight books that surprised me (for a variety of reasons) in 2012.

Arabesque - Colin Mulhern (The ending of this one completely shocked me!)



Zom-B - Darren Shan (It goes without saying that this one has two crazy twists)


Changeling - Philippa Gregory (I haven't read much historical fiction in the past but I absolutely loved Changeling)


Room - Emma Donoghue (When I started Room I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen in the story but I definitely had it completely wrong)


Debutantes - Cora Harrison (I thought I was going to love this one...sadly I was disappointed)



Fracture - Megan Miranda (I wasn't too sure how much I would enjoy Fracture but I really loved it)


The Hunt - Andrew Fukuda (Like with Fracture, I wasn't sure exactly how much I would enjoy The Hunt but it was one of my favourite reads of the year)


Why We Broke Up - Daniel Handler (Like with Debutantes, I thought I was going to love this one but it didn't work for me)


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Have you read any of these ones? What did you think?

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Nine Sequels I'm Excited About in 2013


So in the lead up to Christmas I'm running my annual Twelve Days of Christmas feature, where I post about my favourite books, covers and characters of 2012, as well as books I can't wait for in 2013. In today's post I'm going to be talking about nine sequels (or book three in the series) that I'm really excited about that are due to be released in 2013.

Requiem - Lauren Oliver // Boundless - Cynthia Hand // Scarlet - Marissa Meyer // Sever - Lauren DeStefano // Enders - Lissa Price // The Prey - Andrew Fukuda // Zom-B Underground - Darren Shan // Blood Prophecy - Alyxandra Harvey // (Not pictured as there is currently no title or cover) Divergent #3 - Veronica Roth
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Are any of these on your wishlist for 2013?

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas: Ten Eagerly Anticipated Debuts of 2013

So in the lead up to Christmas I'm running my annual Twelve Days of Christmas feature, where I post about my favourite books, covers and characters of 2012, as well as books I can't wait for in 2013. In today's post I'm going to be talking about ten debuts I can't wait for in 2013!

Click the title of each book to go to the Goodreads page to find out a little more about the story.








Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis (no cover yet, unfortunately)





















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Are any of these books on your wishlist for 2013?

Friday, 14 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas: Eleven Favourite Covers of 2012

So in the lead up to Christmas I'm running my annual Twelve Days of Christmas feature, where I post about my favourite books, covers and characters of 2012, as well as books I can't wait for in 2013. In today's post I'm going to be talking about my eleven favourite covers of 2012.

Meant to Be // This is Not a Test // My Life Next Door // Days of Blood and Starlight

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children // Butter // Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse // The Diviners // Adorkable // Fever // Reunited
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What are some of your favourite covers of 2012?

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas: Top Twelve Books Read in 2012

So in the lead up to Christmas I'm running my annual Twelve Days of Christmas feature, where I post about my favourite books, covers and characters of 2012, as well as books I can't wait for in 2013. In today's post I'm going to be talking about my top twelve releases of 2012.


In no particular order my favourites are:

Undone - Cat Clarke 

The most recent release on the list, Undone is Cat Clarke's third book. If you're a fan of dark contemporary stories you'll absolutely adore this one. 

 

 Butter - Erin Jade Lange

Another dark contemporary, Butter is an incredibly powerful debut novel that was probably my most awaited release of 2012. About a boy who plans to eat himself to death online for his classmates to watch, this is a difficult but engrossing read.



This Is So Not Happening - Kieran Scott 

The final installment in the He's So/She's So series was perfect, ended just the way I wanted it to and was a wonderful way to say goodbye to some of my favourite contemporary characters.



Zom-B - Darren Shan

A violent, action-packed story, Zom-B has the best twist of any book I've read this year and I'm counting down the days to Zom-B Underground, the second installment.



The Seeing - Diana Hendry 

One of the most underrated stories of 2012, I urge anybody who enjoys a sinister story to pick up a copy of The Seeing. It's beautifully written and truly unsettling. Great stuff.



The Hunt - Andrew Fukuda 

Finally - a YA vampire story where vampires are the bad guys! Thank the lord for Andrew Fukuda. I loved this one and I can't wait for book two, The Prey.



Changeling - Philippa Gregory 

I was lucky enough to be invited to meet Philippa Gregory earlier in the year, which was one of my highlights of 2012. Changeling is a brilliant historical YA and was my most surprising read of the year.



The DUFF - Kody Keplinger 

A laugh out loud funny, sweet and sexy story, The DUFF kept me entertained from beginning to end. This turned me into a huge fan of Keplinger's and I can't wait to try more of her books soon.



Kiss Date Love Hate - Luisa Plaja 

I love Luisa's novels, I really do. They always make me laugh, usually make me cry and KDLH was no exception. Particularly recommended for younger teens.



Real Live Boyfriends - E. Lockhart

The final book in my favourite contemporary series of all time, Real Live Boyfriends was the perfect ending to the Ruby Oliver series. I'll always love these books and I'm so happy Lockhart gave the characters the send off they deserve.



Room - Emma Donoghue

While Room isn't the most enjoyable book in the world it is a beautifully written story that's impossible not to talk about after you've finished reading.



Adorkable - Sarra Manning

I always love Sarra Manning's books and Adorkable was no exception. Top notch contemporary fun!



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So there we have it - that's my list of the books I enjoyed most in 2012. What books are on your list?